Complementary Therapy Services
Herriot Hospice Homecare has always placed great emphasis on an holistic and specialised approach to supporting patients and carers. This holistic approach to care includes offering a range of complementary therapies - free of charge and provided in your own home. The services are provided on a referral basis. If you wish to take up any of our therapies, please contact your Macmillan Nurse, specialist nurse, district nurse or social care professional - they can advise you further.
Complementary Therapies are natural, gentle treatments which aim to restore balance - emotionally and physically.
Many patients find that complementary therapies can help ease feelings of anxiety and reduce symptoms such as pain, nausea, constipation and insomnia. It also aids relaxation.
Generally the treatments can be used alongside conventional medicine but having the referral from your Specialist Nurse or Social Professional ensures they are involved.
The following services are currently available:
Aromatherapy - uses massage with essential oils, to support the physical and emotional wellbeing of the patient or carer. A short consultation will help assess your wellbeing and determine an appropriate blend of oils to suit your needs. It is not always necessary to remove a lot of clothing to have a massage and, if a full body massage is not appropriate, sometimes a hand or foot massage can be sufficient. The massage can be done in a reclining chair, easy chair, the therapists massage couch or on your own bed.
Reflexology - is a treatment given to the hands or feet. It involves gentle massage techniques based on the understanding that the hands or feet reflect the systems and organs of the body. The aim is to help the body relax, which can then ease symptoms such as headaches, constipation, circulatory problems. As with aromatherapy a short consultation will take place at the first visit.
Please note that carers as well as patients can also access these services.